I love filigree or in simple English – lace. See these beautiful creations, the Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses, and Karin Jolly lingerie – amazing work. So, when I saw artist Wiebke Meurer’s ornamental filigree tableware in gold and silver I knew I had to do a story about them. Unlike the works of D&G and Karin, after Meurer works her magic on her preferred objects spoons, bowls, saucers, and tea cups their one and only function become being ornamental. As you can see from images they are not usable for the original intended purposes once they get carved to produce filigree designs. I for one think if get custom made, teacups and bowls can be used as decorative covers.
Some of her work, like the gold filigree pieces, are inspired by the court of Ludwig XVI of France and his Austrian wife Marie-Antoinette. The royal couple as we all know lived a life of abundance and lost their necks for it. In general, though, Wiebke’s work is inspired by eighteenth-century work of gold and silver.
“I’m fascinated by historical European works of silver, gold, and porcelain,” says Meurer. “I explore traditional ways to design objects, not to stick to tradition but because I use tradition as my starting point for my creative strategies. I’m not concerned about the restoration of the broken object: I want to deconstruct it, to reach the heart of its integrity and reinvent it, both formally and functionally.”
An internationally-recognized artist, Wiebke mainly works with porcelain, precious metals, and other natural resources. She is trained as a jewelry and object designer in the Netherlands and UK, and work from her Switzerland-based studio. Talented Ms. Meurer’s work has been exhibited in distinguished places ranging from Stedelijk Museum to Saatchi Gallery in London to Gustavsberg Konsthall, Sweden, to Art Genève, Switzerland and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.